Wednesday, April 9, 2014


For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:12 ESV)

Having lived in this world for almost three-quarters of a century, a large part of that in the traditional institutional church scene. As one would hope I awakened to a few things, especially during the last 20 years or so.

One stand out matter is the fact that the relationship between the principles of what is naturally of this world and the principles of the religious world, which imagines itself as “Christian”.

There is no discernable difference between the two, because the difference is only a matter of perceived place, and not of nature.

Both the world and what I like to call “Christianism” use the same methods of rhetoric and theatrical skills to elevate the emotions, moving, stimulating, craving, which often among hearers becomes an addiction.

Pathos, tears, contempt, hatred, anger, melancholy, pleasure, and all the plethora of human emotions are the same, but presented in a different context. We sit through these performances (for that is what they are), and leave, with little effect, if any.

As I heard a church musician once say as he left the building,”That was a better jam session”. Excellent music, a fresh face in the pulpit, maybe a change of place to break the monotony, etc., but what has really been going on?

About thirty years ago a denominational newspaper had a headline, “Guess Who Was in Church with You this Morning?” The answer was,”SATAN”.

Was that newspaper discerning something we who name of Christ are missing?

If so,how Satan must laugh behind his religious mask of “Christianism”!
One of the marks of current “Christianism” is the expectation of a highly cultured mind with a keen sense of the beautiful and the fashionable, and the idea that this must be seen to be apart from such as the mundane, plain, and unsophisticated, ordinary seaminess of those who are convicted otherwise.

The mundane, plain, and unsophisticated is unpleasant and offensive as far as this world is concerned, but, we forget it is not the mindset of one who has a personal living relationship with God, through the finished work of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

We cry to God to do a “new thing” among us, when the “new thing” has already been done, in and through the Son of God. Everything in the life and service of the Apostle Paul was the the result of the fact that he received the Gospel he preached and lived by "by revelation", not simply by intellectual assent.

Preachers and teachers, as well as you and I, may know the Bible word for word, as we may another book (one fellow I knew could quote several books of the Bible, word perfectly), and yet we may still be spiritually dead in our sin, whilst living the the lie of beautiful and the fashionable, religious people.
Scriptures reveal a lot about the knowledge of God and,the truth regarding His Son, as the foundation (cornerstone) of eternal life, resulting in being set free, doing the works He does. They also reveal clearly that simple intellectual assent to facts found by academic study,research and reading, will not find that relationship with God.

Above all Scripture makes it clear that it is this “revelation” of which Paul speaks, a revealing by the Holy Spirit (John 16: 7-11), which takes what we know intellectually, and brings it to living reality deep in our being.

The best knowledge of the Scriptures, an amazingly accurate comprehension of Christian doctrine, and the constant “doing of Christian work”, no matter how “holy” we imagine it to be, using only our natural talents, will get us no further towards God, than if we knew nothing, and did nothing.

By the same token the clever rhetoric, and writing, skilfully presented by using Bible content and themes, may cause, both speaker and hearers to remain wrapped in the shrouds of spiritual death.

People cannot be argued into the presence of God, no matter how well reasoned. They may be captivated by the skilful presentation of the orator, and they may even be touched emotionally (as I have occasionally been).

Only the Holy Spirit can instigate spiritual new birth and the quickening (bringing to life) of the spirit in humankind.

It would seem that the Apostle who authored our text was a very ordinary, unsophisticated, even ugly, little military man, who had an encounter with the living Christ, and became a potent force in the Family of God, and yet, would be frowned upon by the many who assume they have reached some religious high note of holiness in today's world.  

Monday, April 7, 2014


Whomever said the following words may not have known the spiritual implications of their words: “every story has an ending. But in life, every ending is a new beginning..”

Seeing them again this morning I couldn't help but apply them to the impending Easter weekend.

The Western world anticipates Easter with an insatiable appetite for self indulgence; the shops begin advertising their a few days after Christmas ( hot cross buns were on sale before New Years Day in Australia), soon followed by the Easter bunny replacement, chocolate bilbys (Macrotis lagotis – a native Aussie), and, to some degree at least the intrigue, politics, power struggles of both the religious scene, and secular society, fade for a brief interlude.

The Easter Egg is still very evident in a vast array of forms and colors, but still recognisable as eggs!

Eggs: The emblem of new beginnings!

What has a “new beginning” got to say to the majority who look forward to Easter? Probably not much!

That's possibly true for many who call themselves “Christian” who see Easter as a time to escape the drudgery of work, a time to catch up on unfinished, or not yet begun, domestic jobs, with the possibility of a cursory trip to a religious service: After all it is Christmas, or, Easter, or, something.

Most would have some understanding about a crucified, dead and buried Saviour, who, in this amazing act, gave them a “new beginning” which enabled them to anticipate resurrected life for eternity.

But they still haven't grasped what Paul exulted about in Galatians 5:1,For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

So many are still struggling through life wearing the grave clothes of the Old Covenant, they are still under the old bondage of the religious systems and rules, with the expectations and demands of habit and legalism

What Paul had discovered in His amazing experience of becoming a Christ follower was not only that the grave clothes of the Old Covenant were taken removed, but the free, fresh air of spiritually emancipation from the Old Covenant was experienced in the inauguration of the New Covenant in Jesus Christ!

Not only to be raised with Christ, to a “new beginning” but to have a “new beginning” under a New Covenant.

The One who was promised as the person of the New Covenant (Isaiah 42:6) pleaded with a nation whose relationship with God was stifled under the burden of a human directed religiosity, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matt. 11:28-30).

Why did these people need “rest”? From what?

The Old Covenant heavy burden and domination of authoritarian, rules oriented, legalistic religion, with all of its “do's” and “do nots”.

Speaking of their religious leaders,Jesus said,"The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others.” (Matt. 23:4).

How familiar this scene is today, as we see dear folk still struggling with obedience to rules, regulations and laws, which they have been led to believe will ensure eternal life for them, which in one way or another, is regularly reinforced.

Easter says something far more profound than that God, just taking upon Himself the form of mankind (incarnation) living, dying, and rising again, to pay for our sin, and for us to continue pretending we don't have any sin  to deal with, or being under condemnation for the rest of life because we find that we still sin.

Easter says that Almighty God, who made the incredible act of putting aside His rights as God, to fulfil ALL the requirements of the Old Covenant, on behalf of all who would come to Him, is an Almighty God who fulfils ALL of His promises to give a servant who would, in His exclusive, exquisite timing, introduce a New Covenant age, “for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind,....” (Isaiah 42:6-7; cf. Luke 4:18-19)

So many religious people still see the light dimly; many still blind, to what God has done through His precious Son.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power”. 2 Tim.3:5

I recently saw a photograph of a church door, upon which was written something attributed to a follower of Christ by the name of T.Austin-Sparks: It said, “Religion can be the greatest enemy of God's true thought, because it is Satan's best deception”.

That is so very true, but, I must confess that it took me many years of ministry as a pastor to fully understand what this chap was talking about.

At the age of twelve,I had come to a limited understanding of what God was about in the incarnation and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. I was a Christian, by all intents and purposes, and received into church membership. Zeal was not lacking, which continued well into middle age.

You see, I had the spiritual disease of which Paul warned, “a form of religion”. I was strong on the particular doctrine I adhered to. I was very literal in my application of “what the Bible says” without consideration of other aspects such as context, the situation to which the words were applied,etc. I held firmly to the many teachings ( which I later learned were false ) of unquestioned tradition which I had been taught,which elevated the pastor, and what he said from the pulpit, to a person and place of heavenly indisputable authority.

I was called to lead a congregation who had been taught, and were equally accepting, of all of the above. I was well encouraged because they applauded everything I said, a fact which caused me much discomfort, although, at the time, I dismissed such discomfort as false humility. How wrong I was!

Often,during my preparation for a message I was arrested in my thinking by the fact that I did not believe the Scripture I was studying, actually taught what tradition and the “approved” experts and commentaters said it did.

One Sunday, after carefully, and thoroughly, studying a passage, I spoke what I had received from my studies. That was the beginning of a few months of hell on earth.

It was during this time I experienced, and saw so clearly, the lack of grace which accorded well with what Paul spoke of in 2Timothy 3:2-5,”.....people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance ( “a form of” KJV) of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Sadly, it wasn't only me who had to experience how religion for religion's sake uses evil for its own ends as an accusation of sinful behaviour caused me to be given the opportunity to resign, or else be dismissed with no appeal or question as to the accusation.

It's so easy, and even comfortable to have the appearance, or form of godliness, a religion. When joined to a group of people who profess this religion,and in membership with what they assume, like I did, is the church, it is very difficult, in the unquestioning mindset that accompanies religion, to think, much less voice, any doubts about the teachings.

Albert Barnes wrote,”The most regular and bigoted adherence to the forms of religion, furnishes no evidence in itself that there is any true piety at heart, or that true religion has any actual control over the soul. It is much easier for men to observe the forms of religion than it is to bring the heart under its controlling influence”.

This was the spirit of the Pharisees, who were very adept at pointing the finger of accusation at any who didn't conform to the religious and moral laws they professed to rigidly hold to.

They were the epitome of self-righteousness, displayed by their judgemental and condemnatory behavior, as they proudly separated themselves from contamination they supposed dirty sinners might spread.

The Pharisees were so out of touch with the Spirit of God that their hypocrisy was hidden behind their religiosity, as we see in Matthew 5.

They held themselves as righteous men, an example to the many Jews who were there, yet the Beatitudes, which shone clear light on their failure to be truly righteous, had no effect.

There could be no doubt, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has  lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.”

What do you think? Had these salt of the earth people lost its taste

Then another pointed remark from Jesus,“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

If we look at Jesus message correctly, surely the implication is that there was very little light to be seen in the religious behaviour of these people.

Where was the light? Safely stored in a religious basket where it was hidden from a needy society!

Were these religious people actually salt, and light to a sin sick world?

These were the ones who were so vehement about obeying the Mosaic law, as a result one could be forgiven for thinking their conscience would have been severely pricked when Jesus said,For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”?

The problem was that their traditions, regularly reinforced by the scribes and Pharisees, caused these fellows to believe they were the absolute model of righteousness, yet Jesus is saying to them that the righteousness of the Pharisees must be exceeded,For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”.

He's telling them that if they are going to depend on righteous behaviour as the key to entering the Kingdom of God, they would need to be far better than the Pharisees, more holy and law abiding than they are, otherwise they cannot be saved?

Does that sound familiar to you? In today's context?

It does to me, as I take note of the religious sheriffs do their heavy lifting exercise of removing splinters from the eyes of others whilst carrying a great log of wood in their own eyes and hearts.

And as Jesus goes over the commandments which I read, hear, and observe being wielded like a soul wounding battle axe, not one self-righteous religionist listens to what Jesus said to religionists who found a woman had committed adultery, “You, who are without sin, cast the first stone”.

Oh! Yes!”, the religionist will quickly say, "the law must be obeyed"

Then they will quote Jesus words without any thought for what He was actually saying: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets (the O.T); I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law...”

Do you ever wonder why they with-hold the next vital words,“....until all is accomplished.”

Were they deliberately ignoring the truth? Were they so blinded by their religious traditionalism that they simply could not see?

I don't think so!

It would be not too long to wait “until all is accomplished” as Jesus said He would do, “.. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them”.

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)

Was Jesus wrong in that amazing statement?

What an insult to Him, to think we can add some act to improve what He faithfully completed!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Internally and externally, in the matter of holiness of thought and deed, there is a tide like ebb and flow, and we often get caught in the rush when the tide is running out.  Never-the-less, it remains perfectly true that genuine followers of Christ are those whom “by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”.

Those who are His are kept in holiness. Without doubt sincerity and simplicity of faith is certainly a true aspect of a genuine follower of Christ, but, essentially, these qualities have nothing to do with the peace of our soul, which is the result of our justification unto salvation.

It is the Lord, Jesus Christ, who alone, justifies sinners such as you and I. It is Christ alone who is the peace-maker, and as the peace-maker, every aspect of the peace of our soul is dependent on Christ alone.

It has been my sorrow, for many years of ministry, to see, time after time, so many who seek this peace from everything but Christ; works of one kind or another, obeying commandments, rules, regulations, church membership, church attendance, baptism, theological education, humiliation through self inflicted suffering, etc. In doing so they are making the same mistake Israel made, of which Jeremiah spoke to them the words of the Lord in Jer. 2:13, "for my people have committed two evils:they have forsaken me,the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves,broken cisterns that can hold no water”.

They, like so many in the religious scene today, were relying on their own works, looking within themselves to be pleasing to God. They have made spiritual “broken cisterns”, and in doing so disregarded the one Source of life,”the fountain of living waters”, and, in reality depending on dry wells “that can hold no water."

Where is soul peace to be found? Only one Source: Jesus Christ, the fountain of living waters satiating our need for soul peace and life!

When we look to find that rest for our souls in what we do, in how righteously we act, or, any other effort from within ourselves, we forsake the fountain of living water, and the peace which is to be found in the completed work of Christ.

It is a great sadness to have met so many broken cisterns, doing their utmost to fulfil the demands of an institution to which they are bound, clamping themselves down into bondage of guilt, in their struggle with sin, when not one of us can declare that we are not infected with this malady.

A much wiser man than I, who knew exactly what he was saying asked,”Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin?”(Prov.20:9)

If any one claims that they can have peace for their soul by the deliberate subduing of their sins, they deceive themselves!

There is only one place that peace may be had; in complete, and utter trust in Him and what He, the fountain of living waters, the Lord, Jesus Christ, has fulfilled, and completed.

If you are one who is wrestling to subdue sin, may I ask why do you turn your back on what is freely offered in the works which Jesus Christ completed for eternity? Why do you think you can improve on what He finished?

Prior to His departure from this earth, Jesus promised He would leave a “Helper”, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

So many, by their own actions, imply that what Christ has done is not enough, to satisfy the wrath of God, and they need to fill up that which is missing, and be pleasing to Him, so gaining peace for their souls.

The sin of pride causes us to be deaf to the clear words of Scripture , and compare ourselves with others whom we deem "more sinful".  The old hymn says it all,

I hear the Savior say,
“Your strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow

He is the only way to peace of soul, which, indeed, is peace with God!
As Jesus said, Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said,‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Whoever believes in me”, who He is, what He has accomplished, what He is still doing (1 John 2:1)are those who have drunk at the fountain of living water, and from whence the living water flows!
This peace is secure for eternity!

Thursday, February 13, 2014


I can never remember reading about any light being shone in understanding theological matters, no matter how orthodox, without there being, at least some, charges of heresy, or something similar. There seems to be a tendency to jump to conclusions about what someone says or writes, without careful examination of the teaching, or facts.

That has certainly been true historically, and still true today, especially in regard to the New Covenant, which, some seem to think is a new thing.

During the latter few years I've sometimes been amused by the knee-jerk negative comments, but, more often concerned for those (some in "high places") who make them, when they, who ought to know better, get themselves worked up about something without careful investigation.

I am a firm believer in the great doctrines of grace as espoused in the Great Reformation, but, I abhor the loveless, ungracious way in which disagreement is handled, by and often poorly informed and pettishly, and petulantly, voiced, by those who share my doctrinal convictions.

A chap, by the name of David H J Gay has recently published a book called “Four Antinomians Tried and Vindicated”

It can be read online/downloaded at the following site:

The book looks at the lives and charges which were leveled at these three men; John Saltmarsh, Tobias Crisp and John Eaton, names which are not familiar to many today, yet well known in 17th century Calvinistic circles.

Saltmarsh, Crisp and Eaton were labelled Antinomians by 17th century Calvinistic Puritans who got their tails in a twist because of the writing and preaching of these men. They were was dismissed as heretical and highly dangerous.  The disappointing aspect of what happened to these fellows, is that under the guise of concern, much ignorance was being shown. Even more disappointing is the fact that this behavior is still going on today.

From the beginning Gay warns the reader, “.....if, without looking into the matter for yourself, you are prepared to accept the verdict of the aforesaid Reformed writers, then this book is not for you. If, however, having read the small print, you are still disposed to take the risk, read on. If you do, and if your experience is anything like mine, your heart will be warmed. Your eyes will be opened to what you have been missing. In perusing the works of these four 'antinomians', I have found Christ, and the free grace of God in justification, set before me in a way I had not known before. As a consequence, I have come to realise that, as a believer, being in Christ makes me far richer than ever I had thought. For decades, I have had a dry, technical, academic -- altogether too low and impoverished -- view of justification. I simply had not realised how vast a treasure we believers have in Christâs free justification of us. Time and again, of course, I had sung: 'How vast the treasure we possess' and 'How vast the benefits divine which we in Christ possess!', but I had simply not appreciated what I was singing about! In producing this volume, that has been changed; permanently, I hope. What is more, I have found these four men, as the New Testament, repeatedly calling me to godliness. But -- and here's the rub -- I have found them telling me again and again that sanctification is not by the law. No! They have one theme, the theme of the New Testament. Which is? Christ is all! These men have driven me to Christ, and made me see that I must look to him â not to the law, not to my works, but to Christ -- for everything: for justification, sanctification, assurance and glorification. And for this these men should be commended, not vilified. In publishing this volume, therefore, besides doing good to others, I hope I have gone some way towards repaying the great debt I owe them”.

I cannot help wondering what some would demand from those who ought to be embraced as brethren, and what would be understood as actually causing one to be a brother/sister in Christ.

C. H. Spurgeon obviously had a much more Scriptural, view of the words of fellows such as these, as he observed, "Antinomianism was the term applied to the teaching of Dr. Tobias Crisp... He was called an Antinomian, but the term was misapplied." Pages 123-124. The Sword and The Trowel. (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1887).

The Prince of Preachers commented again, saying, "Never was there a sounder divine than Crisp, and never one who preached the gospel more fully to all under heaven." Page 104. The Reverend C. H. Spurgeon's Anecdotes and Stories, Oliver Creyton, Editor. (London). 

Even the presiding officer at the Westminster Assembly, spoke positively of Crisp. It was William Twisse, who remarked that he had, "read Dr. Crisp's Sermons, and could give no reason why they were opposed, but because so many were converted by his preaching”; he added. I think rather pointedly, “so few by ours." Pages 67 in John Rippon's, A Brief Memoir of the Life and Writings of John Gill. (London: J. Bennett, 1838).

To crown the expressions of honour, Thomas Cole, the Principal of St. Mary's Hall, Oxford, in 1656, said,"If I had only one hundred pounds in the world, and Dr. Crisp's book could not be procured for less than fifty, I would give that sum rather than be without it; I have found more satisfaction in it, than in all the books in the world, except the Bible." Pages vii. "Memoir of the Life of Tobias Crisp." 

Heretical and highly dangerous. Huh?

Crisps sermons, “Christ Alone Exalted, With explanatory notes by John Gill, The New Covenant of Free Grace” can be read, or, downloaded at:

John Gill wrote this of Tobias Crisp:

 “........... being far from pride, vanity, and self-conceitedness, and full of meekness, lowliness, and tender-heartedness; whereby it appeared, that the gospel of Christ had a very great influence upon his soul, and which engaged him to preach it freely …... but reproach and persecution, his doctrine being falsely charged with Antinomianism …....”

How I wish these words could be said of any of us who dare to be so quick with word and pen.

Neither John Saltmarsh, Tobias Crisp or John Eaton were antinomians, but they did understand what it means to live under the New Covenant ratified by the life, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, which, by the way is no new fad, but the old truth,of Ephesians 2:8,9, intended from creation.

By the way: A good read can be found here!

Monday, January 6, 2014


At the beginning of this new year I wanted to touch base with those of you who read my ramblings, to ask that God's blessing for you, will be to His honor and glory, and simply say that my prayer for you is to, "Have a happy and blessed year!"

Been away for  quite a while with eye problems as well as increasing attention from my old friend Arthur, otherwise known as chronic osteo-arthritis, and three protruding discs, which constantly remind me of their presence. When I sit in the doctors waiting room and observe the troubles of other senior folk, I count my blessings.

Having recently received cataract surgery, which repaired my near to long vision, (was my vision ever this good?) I will still need reading glasses for which I have to wait a few weeks. Consequently, I'm typing with my screen enlarged to quite silly proportions.  Even though large it's still frustrating to read and type.

My precious Valerie recently celebrated her 75th year of  the gift of life, I'm approaching mine, each of us having quite a few physical difficulties, leading us to make the decision to downsize, and apply to enter a retirement village, which will entail much less work than maintaining a four bedroom house, garden and lawns.

I'm certainly not looking forward to the hassle of reducing our household inventory, and selling the house, which we have made a home, for ourselves as well as a base for family.

We have seen most of our family during this fast fading season, which has given us a real sense of the privilege we are given to raise a family, and spend time with them, as well as  grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Our great God is so good! The gift of new life in His Son, in a New Covenant, and abundant blessing over the long years, and now, the promise of another year!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


There is an old saying in this country, and maybe in others, which says that a nation gets the government it deserves.  The words, as I understand the story,comes from people who believe that our great God is sovereign over the affairs of the nations, and has an interest in what kind of government a nation elects.

Recently, on a government funded, national T.V. station, on, what is purported to be a serious public affairs program, our current serving, recently re-appointed, Prime Minister, who is standing for re-election this coming Saturday, grossly caricatured the Bible.  

This man is a self-professed Christian, often using church attendance as an opportunity for media attention. On the program mentioned a pastor challenged the P.M.'s very recent change of mind on same-sex marriage, noting that towards the end of 2012, as a member of parliament, he had voted against the matter. 

A pastor questioned this change of mind on the issue quoting the Scriptures. The following is a quote from the article reporting the matter on web site of The Briefing

 “A man shall leave his father and mother and be married”—summarising Matthew 19:4-6—and asked why someone calling himself a Christian does not believe the words of Jesus in the Bible.
The PM replied,
Well if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition.”

This received the most enormous applause of the night, which incidentally seems to indicate both the depth of biblical illiteracy and the hostility to Christian morality."

The P.M. then showed his ignorance of Scripture, or his willingness to sell his soul to the highest bidder for political gain, which he clearly portrays in his reply.

I wonder? "a nation gets the government it deserves" ?